Road linking Mozambique to South Africa will be widened

18 November 2015

The government of Mozambique has authorised Trans African Concessions (TRAC) to widen National Highway Number 4 (EN4), to accommodate growing amounts of traffic on that road that connects Mozambique to South Africa, a government spokesmen said Tuesday in Maputo.

The authorisation is included in an addendum to the concession contract for the road signed by the governments of Mozambique and South Africa and TRAC, said spokesman and deputy health minister, Mouzinho Saide, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The addendum approved by the Cabinet seeks to address the high level of traffic, especially in sections 19 and 20 which will be widened from four to six lanes, putting more resources in place for load control and compensation for damage caused by excessive goods in transit, among other works.

Traffic on EN4 has been increasing over time and now, at peak times, there are very traffic jams and estimates point to 53,000 vehicles using the road on a daily basis.

The road is part of the Maputo Development Corridor, designed to promote trade between Mozambique and South Africa.

Initially, the road went from Witbank to the port of Maputo in order to encourage the development of industry in the Mpumalanga region, but it was extended by 100 kilometres to reach Pretoria.

South Africa’s TRAC was selected through an international tender to manage the project for 30 years under a “Build, Operate and Transfer” system, which means it will build and operate the road and transfer it to the Mozambican state at the end of the contract. (macauhub/MZ)